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Staats: Chicago History Author Series unfolds at Lisle Museum

The fourth annual Chicago History Author Series explores the City of Chicago from nine different perspectives during this unique annual park district program.

Enjoy an introductory crash course on the history of Chicago and dive deeper into the annals of cultural history at each week’s program. Join us to learn about the early days of organized crime, Hollywood movie ties, the history of urban and park planning, and ending with a discussion of public art in Chicago. New this year is a screening of a WTTW documentary and Q&A. 

The author-led discussions will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday through Nov. 16 in the Baggage Room of the Lisle Depot, located on the grounds of Lisle Station Park, 921 School St.

Seating is on a first-come basis and registration is not required. The Chicago Author Series is a free event with book signings, time to meet the authors, appropriate for all ages, and donations are appreciated.

A detailed event booklet is available at Please contact the museum with questions at 630-968-0499 or

Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to offer refreshments and raffle off a copy of each book and other prizes at the conclusion of each event.

This fourth Chicago History Author Series is presented by the Museums at Lisle Station Park and the Lisle Park District and sponsored additionally by the Lisle Library District, the History Press, Chicago Elevated, Chicago Detours, and the Lisle Heritage Society.

Here is the remaining schedule for the series:

Oct. 19: Kristin Geraty, “The Development of Alinsky-Style Organizing in Chicago”

Oct. 26: Greg Borzo, “The Chicago “L”

Nov. 2: D. Bradford Hunt and Jon B. DeVries, “Planning Chicago”

Nov. 9: Alexandra Silets and Eddie Griffin, WTTW - Documentary Screening and Q&A: “Remembering Chicago: The ‘70s & ‘80s”

Nov. 16: Wendy Koenig & Christine Badowski, “Public Art in Chicago”

Rachel Staats is the marketing and communications consultant for the Lisle Park District.

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